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 AGA Applauds Rep. Dingell for His Years of Honorable Service and Commends Rep. Waxman on His New Role as Chairman   


Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) today applauded Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., for his reign as a visionary yet practical and fair-minded chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, while commending Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., for successfully challenging Dingell for the helm of the committee as Congress moves into its 111th session. 

David N. Parker, AGA president and CEO, offered the following comment:

“AGA extends its gratitude to Rep. Dingell for his decades of tireless effort to pass balanced, meaningful legislation that ensured all Americans had good jobs, plentiful and affordable energy and the quality healthcare required for America to remain an economic powerhouse — all the while ensuring a clean, safe environment in which to live and raise our children.  Because of his leadership, we have the most effective and far-reaching environmental laws in the world, including the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, to name but a few.

“As history has recorded, however, inevitably there comes a time for the torch of leadership to be passed to a new generation and we commend Rep. Waxman on his successful bid to lead the Energy and Commerce Committee in the coming years.

“We look forward to working with Rep. Waxman on sound energy and environmental policies that balance supply and demand considerations, and that serve the best interests of our nation and future generations.”

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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